A 'first of its kind' modular home in the county is being installed in Durrington to help address the housing crisis.  

The two-bedroom accessible bungalow will be installed on New Road in Durrington and is the first to be commissioned by Wiltshire Council using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). It comes after the decision to build adaptable zero-carbon homes with solar panels, heat pumps, and smart controls.

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Cabinet Member for housing at Wiltshire Council, Councillor Phil Alford said: "It's really rewarding for everyone involved in the project to see this modular building take shape on site."

Manufactured by Dorset-based Rollalong, the company is the largest offsite design and build contractor in the south of England.

Cllr Alford said: "The team from Rollalong are experts at manoeuvring the units precisely into place and the bungalow will be ready for occupation in a fraction of the time on site that it would take in a conventionally built home.

"We are adapting to the demand for more sustainable and efficient methods of construction and adopting this growing technology to deliver around 150 new homes across the country."

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Factory construction means they are quality checked, highly insulated and draught-free, and the residents will be able to move in soon. The properties arrive decorated and already fitted out with kitchens and bathrooms.

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Managing Director, Steve Chivers said: "We were delighted to be awarded the contract by Magna Housing and Wiltshire Council to design and build these modular homes that will provide a range of high-quality, affordable housing for everyone.”

"We are building the homes of the future designed for living today. We want to demystify modular housing and champion the benefits that this style of housing can provide in the face of a nationwide housing crisis. We are now creating jobs and apprenticeships in the southwest, using local supply chain partners, and creating systemic change in our transition towards a circular economy in the region."

The Durrington development is just the latest stage in a roll-out of new modular homes by Rollalong and its partners across the Southwest. The company has already manufactured 120 homes and completed the first five sites in Sherborne, Halstock, and Dorchester in Dorset for Magna Housing.